Homestudy Notes – Abbey

Laurence Clark’s Comedy Showreel

Laurence Clark is a standup comedian. This is amazing – experimenting to see if people will donate to ridiculous fake causes like ‘kill the puppies’, ‘pay off my mortgage’, and  ‘this is a scam’. To me this video shows the importance of differentiating people from their disability, yes they may be a disabled person, but they are just people, and I think that the comedy sketch for the fake charities emphasises that some people don’t differentiate, they see the wheelchair, not the person.

Laurence Clark (2012) Laurence Clark’s comedy Showreel. Available from: [Accessed 09 February 2017].

Tourette’s Syndrome — why it doesn’t define me | TEDxAlbertopolis

A Ted Talk by Jess Thom, educating the audience about Tourettes.

300,000 people in the UK alone are affected by the condition.

“Tourettes Hero is a place to celebrate the humour and creativity of Tourettes.

It’s not about mocking or commiserating – it’s about reclaiming the most frequently misunderstood syndrome on the planet and…Changing the World One Tic at a Time”

TEDx Talks (2013) Tourette’s syndrome — why it doesn’t define me | TEDxAlbertopolis. Available from: [Accessed 09 February 2017].

Touretteshero (no date) Touretteshero. Available from: [Accessed 09 February 2017].

I Am Not A Person With a Disability I am A Disabled Person

Society makes one disabled not the disability, people’s attitudes and architectural barriers are the obstacles that make disabled people feel different.

Two sociological theories:

  • Medical/individual model of disability
  • Social model of disability

For example, medical professional may categories severe anxiety as a form of disability, as might the individual that suffers from severe anxiety. However, society may not consider this a disability, which I believe is more to do with the fact that it is not visible.

The term disability to the majority has been defined in a very different way to what it actually means. To be disabled is to be restricted by social barriers, things that have been put in place that prevent you from doing something. As opposed to being impaired by your body or your mind to do whatever it may be.

Egan, L. (2012) Xojane. Available from: [Accessed 09 February 2017].